Jean Chretien says rise of Donald Trump heralds end of the American empire

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    Although it’s entitled “My Stories, My Times,” Chretien, who retired from politics in 2003 after winning three majority mandates, does not shy away from opining on current events — most notably on Trump.

    In the preface, Chretien says writing the book over the past year helped him recover his serenity when he got “tired of observing the surrealist vagaries of President Trump and of listening to his nonsense.”

    “It’s been very sad to observe the monumental error our neighbours to the south made in November 2016,” he writes in a later chapter, in which he recounts happy times he and his wife, Aline, have spent with former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump.

    “I fear that Hillary’s defeat, and the arrival of the fanatical Trump, mark the true end of the American Empire. You can understand why Aline and I are so happy to have the Clintons as friends, and almost as proud to be removed as far as possible from the unspeakable Donald Trump.”

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — aware that it doesn’t take much to set off the mercurial president, who is not above threatening to wreak economic “ruination” on Canada — has always been very guarded in speaking about Trump. But Chretien, now 84 and still active as a lawyer with Dentons, is not so constrained.

    In an interview about his new book, Chretien elaborated on his view that the American empire is on the decline.

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    “He changed the name and not much else,” Chretien said, adding that the NAFTA partners made “a little bit of an adjustment but basically we still have a free trade agreement with them that will work about the same way that it was working before.”

    In the book, Chretien says last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., “exposed to us the true face of Donald Trump.”

    The rally was staged ostensibly to protest the removal of Confederate symbols but white nationalists and other far-right extremists chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans and carried guns and Nazi symbols. Violent clashes with counter-protesters erupted, leaving one woman dead.

    Trump refused to explicitly denounce the white supremacists, choosing instead to condemn hatred and bigotry “on many sides” and claiming that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes.

    While Chretien writes that no country is immune to “backsliding where social values are concerned” and Canada must remain vigilant, he said in the interview that Canada has avoided the kind of polarization plaguing the U.S. because “we have much better institutions.”

    For example, he pointed to the heavily politicized appointment process for judges in the U.S., where the recent confirmation of Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh became a circus amid accusations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager. The judicial system in Canada has remained largely untouched by politicization.

    “I never knew if the chief justice voted for me and I never asked her,” Chretien said, referring Beverley McLachlin whom he named chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000. She retired last December.
     
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    全球化的时候就完了。歪嘴。
     
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    歪嘴的和尚把经都念歪了!:D
     
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    不要太着急,让子弹再飞一会儿。做个政治预测可以,做结论还太早。几十年后,会有一个结论。究竟是MAGA,还是make America worse again, or make America worse forever.
     
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    对于美加而言,仅仅对美开放3-4%的奶制品市场,就使得一个最糟糕的NAFTA变成了一个FAIR的美墨加协议。川普的胃口真不大。:D
     
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    一点点来嘛,越大的船调头越难。值得深思的是加拿大的乳制品配额计划,牺牲全体加拿大人的利益来迎合少数垄断利益集团,政府到底为谁说话?
     
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    不要忘了你所最爱的福特也支持加拿大的乳制品配额计划。为此还专门去了一次华盛顿。
    不过在这个问题上你的立场至少还是对的,至少还是站在自己利益的立场上。:D
     
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    支持一个政党不是说赞成它所有的主张,而是支持它的关键理念。这在左派很难理解吧?:p
     
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    呵呵,多一种选择来打破垄断是傻呀?:crazy: 至少可以压价嘛,老中们谁比谁傻呀?:p 说起健康标准,各有不同。加拿大对氡气的健康标准比美国松好多呢,比欧洲更松10万8千里,你找谁说里去?总之,给老百姓多一种选择绝对是好的。
     
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    左派一直是这么理解的。正常的人也是这么理解的, 要站在自己利益的立场上。除了那些粉们。我看你阿土,经常利益和立场相对立。
     
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    可见美国是被欺负了
     
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    恐怕是:
    rise of Justin Trudeau heralds end of the Canadian Prosperity.
     
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    美国是世界警察,还有人敢欺负她?只不过川普又给她加上一个怨妇的形象,好象全世界都沾她的便宜似的。
     

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